“Lord – how long?” Moses spoke these words many years ago and you will find them in Psalm 90. I have not written a blog post for a long time. I have had no words to share – they left, leaving me wordless.
In the last two months I have attended three funerals for very little people who had died unexpectedly and without warning, leaving parents shattered and broken. Their deaths have shaken many. I know each of the mothers well as they have been in my bible study group and a friendship blossomed during the time their husbands spent studying at Moore College. So much sadness.
A few weeks ago, I read these words and am thankful that God’s Word continues to speak even when our words fail us. Such hope resides in this bleak image:
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will triumph in Yahweh;
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!
Yahweh my Lord is my strength;
He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights!”
From nothing a hope shines forth. The author of this passage has a strong confidence in God. The words from a song go round and round in my head: “Where else do I have to go? For you Lord alone have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68) One day, there will be an end to all tears and untimely deaths. One day these parents will be reunited with their children – Jesus will return!